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September 2010

(SAVANNAH, GA) Country Day School receives a SILVER LEED Certification for their Lower School

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Savannah Country Day School Lower School Receives Silver LEED Certification

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Country Day School Lower School has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, becoming the first school in the City of Savannah to have a LEED-certified campus building. The 55,000-square-foot Lower School building, which opened its doors to students in grades 1-5 in August 2008, has numerous environmentally conscious features that contributed to the certification.

Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification for schools recognizes buildings that use 33 percent less energy than conventionally designed schools. The certification involves a 69-point development system that awards points based on the energy and water systems, indoor air quality, effectiveness of the design and the handling of the site. The SCDS Lower School building received a Silver LEED certification, which recognizes a higher standard than traditional certification.

“We are proud to be recognized for having the first LEED-certified school building in our area,” says Marcia M. Hull, Head of School. “The building not only provides our students a state-of-the-art learning facility, it teaches them the importance of being good stewards of both our environment and the world.”

Environmentally conscious highlights of the Lower School building include:

• Open spaces around the building featuring native or adapted vegetation
• Plumbing fixtures including low-flow urinals, low-flow bathroom faucets and other low-flow sink faucets that contribute to approximately 80,000 gallons of water being saved per year
• Efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment, more efficient windows and building envelope systems, and more efficient lighting
• Paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and carpets with low quantities of volatile organic compounds, thus reducing student exposure to chemical contaminants
• Four organic garden plots, a greenhouse and composting area
• A 2,000 gallon rainwater cistern
• Four 250-gallon aquariums with varying salinity and an animal care facility

During construction of the Lower School Building, care was taken to lessen the environmental impact. Approximately 1,065,000 pounds of the waste (80 percent) generated onsite was recycled.

The building was also designed with student learning in mind. Signage in and around the building highlights the energy- and environment-conscious design and construction measures that were integrated into the building.

”The building connects students to how the structures we inhabit use water, energy, atmosphere, sunlight and soil,” explains Lower School Science Specialist Bill Eswine. “They begin to see the connection between our interior spaces and the environment. I believe we must establish within students an awakening ‘sense of the unity of things’ that everything is profoundly connected to, influenced by, and sustained by something else.”

Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit. To schedule a media tour of the SCDS Lower School building, please contact Allison Rhodes at 912-961-8823 or For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit

(SAVANNAH, GA) Wheelchair Cleaning Event, Sept 18th 10am-1pm at LIFE, Inc.

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August 27, 2010 – Savannah, GA – Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE, Inc.) is
a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching and improving the lives of people with
disabilities. LIFE’s mission is to level the playing field for people with disabilities in order
to create a world in which EVERYONE can fully participate.

LIFE will join with Armstrong Atlantic State University, MSL, and Chatham Area Transit
in sponsoring their annual Wheelchair and Scooter Cleaning & Health Fair on
Saturday, September 18th , from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 LIFE’s location at 12020
Abercorn Street. This event will give individuals who use wheelchairs an opportunity to
have their chairs inspected, deep cleaned, and lubricated for free. Manual wheelchair
participants are asked to bring a towel.

Free food, drinks and goody bags will be provided to all registered participants.
Teleride will also provide free round trip transportation to registered users but guests
must call them in advance at 912-354-6900 to make a reservation.

Fran Todd, LIFE Executive Director, commented on this annual event, “The Wheelchair
Fair is a community service that is greatly needed. It brings together individuals from
Chatham and some of the other eleven counties served by LIFE to network, enjoy a
good time, and have their wheelchairs cleaned and adjusted. This event has been going
strong for over twenty years.”

To learn more about LIFE, visit their website at or contact the LIFE office at
920-2414 to notify them if you need any accommodations for this event.

(SAVANNAH, GA) New Hours at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Effective September 7, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah
will have new hours of operation in order to be more available to the
public. It will be open seven days a week with additional hours on Saturday and Sunday, plus animal viewing and adoption will be open on Thursday until 7 pm

with a noon opening.
Here are the new hours:


Monday – Wednesday   8:30 to 5
Thursday    12 to 5
Friday – Saturday    8:30 to 5
Sunday    12 to 5

Monday – Wednesday   10 to 5
Thursday    12 to 7
Friday – Saturday    10 to 5
Sunday    12 to 5

For more information about the Humane Society, the organization’s thrift
shop, and how you can help, go to or call

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
213 West York Street
Telfair Square
Savannah, Georgia 31401

(SAVANNAH, GA) $20 MICROCHIPPING at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah during Hurricane Season

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(SAVANNAH, GA) As part of hurricane preparedness for pets, the Humane

Society for Greater Savannah is encouraging microchipping (the single, most
reliable way to connect a pet with an owner) by offering microchipping for

$20 every day (at 7215 Sallie Mood Drive) for the rest of the
2010 Hurricane Season, i.e. through October 31. For more information about the Humane Society, the organization’s thrift shop, and how you can help, go to or call